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When it comes to famous geisha of the 20th century, two names usually come to mind: Kiharu Nakamura and Mineko Iwasaki. In this month’s Spotlight article, we’re focusing on the former.   The…

This week’s news roundup is dominated by new legislations. As well as the introduction of laws relating to cyberbullying and porn, we report on the passing of a bill that will recognize…

Premiering on Netflix today is the all-new Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, a culinary competition that sees Iron Chefs go head-to-head with Challenger Chefs. As the program began in Japan, we thought…

In this week’s news roundup, we have the latest on the case involving Lieutenant Ridge Alkonis, a US naval officer who on Wednesday appealed to the Tokyo High Court for a lighter…

When Kyogo Furuhashi signed for Glasgow’s Celtic F.C. last summer, some suggested the former Vissel Kobe man might be too small and light for Scottish soccer. He soon proved them wrong. The…

The Japanese government is planning to fight a ¥156 million lawsuit by the family of Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, sources close to the matter said on Sunday. The Sri Lankan detainee died while…

Having barred foreign tourists from entering the country for more than two years, you’d have thought Japan would have dropped down in any world tourism ranking list. Instead, it topped a 2021 travel and…

In this month’s List of 7, we look at some of the biggest celebrity scandals that shocked Japan from the last four decades. We begin with an incident that destroyed the music…